BENEFITING: SICKLE CELL ASSOCIATION
Sickle Cell Stroll 2015 is a walk at Hudlin Park to raise awareness of sickle cell disease. It is an event designed to celebrate the lives of those with sickle cell disease and to educate the community about the disease. Whether you have sickle cell, know someone who does or would like to show your support, come stroll with us! Sickle cell is an inherited blood disorder that affects the hemoglobin of the red blood cells causing the blood cells to lose its oxygen and take on a sickled shape. Sickle cell disease can affect anyone, but primary affects African-Americans. There are approximately 100,000 living in the United States with the disease and another 2 million living with the trait. Two parents carrying this trait have a 25% chance of passing on this painful disease to their unborn child. The Sickle Cell Stroll will allow the Sickle Cell Association to bring awareness and carry out its mission to support those living with sickle cell disease while working to eliminate the disease through collaborations on education, research, and resources.